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If the reactants are all gaseous, you can use their partial pressures to find Kp. If they are a mixture of gases and aqueous solutions, then your best bet is to use Kc. Very similar equations, just Kp uses the partial pressure of the gases while Kc uses the concentrations. Hope that helps!
If the question gives you partial pressures, normally in atm, then you will be calculating for Kp. If you are given the concentrations of the reactants or products then you will most likely be calculating for Kc. Of course, make sure to determine what the question is asking for.
It should specify, but you should do what makes sense. Aqueous solutions will have concentrations so you should find Kc while gases will probably have partial pressures (but it could also be concentration) so you should find Kp.
Shuyi Yu 1B wrote:When do we use concentration to find the equilibrium constant and when do we use partial pressure to find equilibrium constant? Will the question ask for one of the two specifically?
the question should normally specify which you should use
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